It gives me great pleasure to tell you that "Electronic Resource
Management: The Report of the DLF Initiative" is now published in html
and PDF on the DLF website at http://www.diglib.org/pubs/dlfermi0408/
This sizable and significant report to define needs and to help
establish data standards for electronic resource management is the
result of an enormous amount of collaborative effort by Timothy D.
Jewell, Ivy Anderson, Adam Chandler, Sharon Farb, Kimberly Parker,
Angela Riggio, and Nathan Robertson.
The timeliness of the subject is evidenced by the fact that it is the
lead story in the current _Charleston Report_ (July / August 2004 Volume
9, No. 1) "ERMs: The New 'New Thing' in Library Systems": "Most of the
systems now available or announced are based on specifications developed
by the Digital Library Federation (DLF) which began work in this area
back in 2001. The goal of the DLF effort was to create specifications so
vendors could create systems to replace the homegrown systems most
academic libraries were using at the time. It is a tribute to DLF and
also a statement about the need on both sides for these systems, that
the DLF specifications have been used by all the large automation
vendors who are offering ERM modules."
Executive Director, Digital Library Federation
1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
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